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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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Here's To the Start of a New Year

Here's To the Start of a New Year First week of the spring semester is over: let’s all take a moment and applaud ourselves for surviving it. I don’t know about you, but outside of test weeks, the first week of the semester is always hardest for me. It’s like you have to work extra-hard the first week just to remind yourself that you have to once again make somewhat of an effort day to day. The lazy days that accompany every vacation break are over now. So as we all begin this spring semester, I wanted to issue a challenge, especially to those of you who are about to face a really tough semester. Ever semester is a fresh start, a chance to do things better than you did the semester before. Whether it’s actually reading that textbook you spent hundreds of dollars on or cutting down on the number of Fuego runs you make. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the “start” of a new year, so we all have those resolutions we’re going to try to keep. Personally, my goal this semester, and hop... (Read More)

Running Start

Running Start This semester has started off with a bang! This week is our second week of school and we are moving way faster than last semester. We have a few new classes, including microbiology, public health, and embryology. We also have some old favorites including physiology and anatomy, although this semester in anatomy we are learning about large animals instead of small. Our professors continue to inundate us with more information, as well as expecting us to remember everything from last semester. In addition to classes, there are scholarship and summer externship applications that have upcoming deadlines. There are many different opportunities for gaining experience during the summer. It is a great time to explore different aspects of veterinary medicine and make connections. Plus we have a fun skills lab to look forward to this weekend hosted by our student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. There are many times when I fi... (Read More)

The closing of one door leads to the opening of another

The closing of one door leads to the opening of another Hello! Well, we are back for our last semester before we start clinical work (a nervous YAY!). I am both excited and anxious to start fourth year. We have been prepared by the best; they have molded us (perhaps chiseled is the better descriptor) for our entry into the last phase, clinical medicine. I’m excited because I am definitely a “hands-on” student.  I am excited to start working soon after, and begin the paying off my investment (my debt). I am also going to miss a lot: the people, the instructors, the students, the grasshopper room. I won’t miss those Pepsi products (everyone knows Coke is the better product). On a serious note, we will soon be celebrating the groundbreaking of new classroom building, which will be up shortly after we graduate. When I return, one fine day, I won’t recognize the building or the rooms. I won’t be able to wonder halls that are laced with my memories. It’s neat when you hear a lecturer tell you that... (Read More)

Spring Semester Has Begun

Spring Semester Has Begun Spring semester has begun! My classes don't officially start until next week, but with it being my last semester in college, I'm doing everything I can to ensure a smooth semester before my long-awaited graduation! I have been busy traveling to vet school interviews (whoop!) and have barely had time to relax this break. The Texas A&M vet school will be interviewing their applicants this weekend, decisions will be sent a couple months later, and then the application process starts all over again. Applying to veterinary school is a year-long process, so it requires a lot of dedication! My course load this semester will be my most difficult one I've had in college yet, so it's important I put my senioritis aside and focus on closing out my degree. Good luck to everyone going through interviews; the wait is almost over! (Read More)

Time Flies

Time Flies I’m so glad to be at home to spend time with family and my two kitties, Cookie and Pickles, for a well-deserved break after a long semester!  I’m also looking forward to the wedding of my best friend, Lauren, at the end of this month! Although the semester felt long while we were in it, it actually passed by pretty quickly.  I truly enjoyed this past semester, as third year is all about learning the medicine, getting exposure to clinics, and practicing clinical skills, as well as being able to take electives that we are personally interested in.  So many milestones were achieved this semester, including performing my first spay on a sweet little Dachshund named Truffles and working on an intestinal anastomosis (in other words, cutting out a section of dead bowel and stitching the remaining viable sections together), learning to distinguish between a cough caused by respiratory disease versus a cough caused by heart failure, and b... (Read More)

Officially 3/8 of a DVM!

Officially 3/8 of a DVM! Howdy! First off, let me say how excited I am to be on winter break right now and how proud I am to say I'm officially 3/8 of a DVM! Finals flew by really quickly, and it is so nice to not have to worry about studying for a little while. Looking back, I definitely learned a lot this semester, and am really excited for the spring semester. I think what I'm looking forward to most is getting my surgery pack and starting our Junior surgery class. We will start learning about suture patterns, sterile techniques, and everything else we need to actually start performing surgeries in third year. But for now, I am just relaxing, working on getting my Christmas shopping done, and getting ready to see all of my family during the holiday. My goal for every break we have is to enjoy it and recharge so I am ready to go for the next semester. Have a great break, everyone, and stay safe! (Read More)

Interviewing Advice

Interviewing Advice Good luck to all the undergraduates who are taking finals this week. I know everybody is excited and ready to begin winter break, but we only have two days left and probably are going to get no sleep, so push through it! Today I wanted to talk about the interview process for those in BIMS looking to go to medical school. I recently went on a medical school interview and it was a great experience to see the campus and get to see that all the hard work is worth the time and effort. I interviewed in El Paso, Texas at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the school was amazing. You can be apprehensive about the location, but the city is larger than I expected and, as I found out, it is the safest metropolitan city in the state. For those who do not know about the medical school, it is the newest one in Texas and just graduated its first class this past May. The school had 100% of its students matched for residency, which is amazing. My firs... (Read More)

Mental sanity

Mental sanity I'm writing this blog while relaxing with about 40 other vet students after a brutal week of finals. Finals is the time of year when everything you looked at and said "I don't need to learn that" comes back at you full force. As a vet student, there are more than just animals that can bite you. The term cumulative sends chills up your spine. Finals are one of the most challenging aspects of veterinary school. Life was bliss in undergrad when you just needed to make a grade in the course and get through it. With veterinary school it is important to remember what you've learned in previous years; it all builds. The first semester of third year was exhilarating and exhausting. Third year students performed survival surgeries and entered the clinics for the first time. Our schedules were full of countless hours of lectures and labs. It is astounding to look back and reflect on how much we've learned in 2.5 years. We started first year with an under... (Read More)

Approaching Finals

Approaching Finals As the semester approaches its end, the only thing on my mind is finals! This semester has certainly had its highs and lows, but I am proud to say I have at least managed to maintain my grades. One of the most important things I’ve learned while at A&M is that everyone has the opportunity to succeed during their sojourn here. "Good grades" may not always come easily but they WILL come if a continuous effort is made. Each semester that passes just means one semester closer to graduation, anyhow. To be honest, that is what keeps me going. So amidst the stress of tests, and with the pressure of doing my best constantly on my mind, I am happy to say that the semester’s end is near and we students will finally be able to enjoy the break we so readily deserve! (Read More)

The End Is Near

The End Is Near The end of the semester is only a few weeks away.  The vet school starts finals in less than a week, and undergraduates’ exams are a few days later.  This means less sleep, and that more caffeine will be consumed, just to gain a few more hours of valuable study time.  However, if students use their time wisely leading up to exams, there will be no lack of sleep, and they will be rested for the finals. Unlike high school students, college and professional school students have one or possibly two tests a day during finals week.  If there are more than three tests scheduled, students can ask the professor to take the test at a different time to help space everything out.  There is also “dead” week or day, which is a week of no class, to allow more time to study.  It might be easier in undergraduate classes to study the night before the test, but it is necessary in vet school to study more than just the night before.&n... (Read More)